9 The likes of what we heard we have now witnessed in the city of the lord of hosts, in the city of our God— may Hashem preserve it forever! Selah.
ka-a-SHER sha-MA-nu KAYN ra-EE-nu b’-EER a-do-NAI tz’-va-OT b’-EER e-lo-HAY-nu e-lo-HEEM y’-kho-n’-NE-ha ad o-LAM SE-lah
ט כַּאֲשֶׁר שָׁמַעְנוּ כֵּן רָאִינוּ בְּעִיר־יְהֹוָה צְבָאוֹת בְּעִיר אֱלֹהֵינוּ אֱלֹהִים יְכוֹנְנֶהָ עַד־עוֹלָם סֶלָה׃
48:9 May Hashem preserve it forever
In the times of the Beit Hamikdash, a special psalm was sung by the Leviim on each of the seven days of the week. In the absence of the Beit Hamikdash, Jews continue to say these daily Tehillim at the end of the morning prayers, in memory of the times when the Temple stood and in hopes of its redemption and restoration. Psalm 48 is recited on Mondays, and, as Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks writes, is “a hymn of praise to the beauty and endurance of Yerushalayim, the city that outlived all those who sought to conquer it.” He adds in the name of Rabbi Joseph Hertz, “it is the Eternal City of the Eternal People.”